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Tall, Dark & Lonely (Pyte/Sentinel #1)(21)
Author: R.L. Mathewson

“So, it’s not my cervix.”

“No, I’m afraid it didn’t get that far.”

“What do you mean it didn’t go that far? It went all the way in.”

“Madison, you have an unusually thick hymen.”


“It only stretched a little bit to the right. The penetration was incomplete. This is very rare.”

She dropped her face in her hand. “Even after that it’s not complete?”

“No, I’m sorry. If you want, we could perform the procedure right now. I can complete the tear with an incision.”

“I guess I don’t have much of a choice,” Madison whimpered.

“If you’ll get undressed I can give you a little shot and in ten minutes I can take care of it.”

“And the pain will go away?” She sounded hopeful.

“Well, I believe a good amount will. The area is swollen and pulling at the hymen, what’s left of it. I think this will help yes. You will still be sore.”

“So, it just needs to be broken?” Ephraim asked.


“Will it hurt her if it’s done in another method?” He didn’t want to see her hurt and he most certainly didn’t want this to be a medical moment.

“I would say it would have to be done very carefully at this point. With great care.” She gave Ephraim a meaningful look. “I’m afraid it’s going to hurt her a lot more this time around.”

“Ephraim, just let her do it please. It really hurts.”

He pushed a loose strand of her hair over her ear. “I’m really sorry about this, baby.”

“I know.”

“I can’t stay in here for this.” He pressed a kiss to her forehead.

“I know that, too. Call my Grandmother to come get me please. There’s probably going to be some bleeding and I want to get home as soon as this is done to relax. I know you have to go back to work,” she said a bit slowly as she tried to get her message across.

His jaw clenched, but he didn’t argue. “I understand. I’ll see you later tonight.”

“Hold up. Doctor Hahn, will I still be considered a virgin?”

“Of course, this is just a matter of stretching tissue. In your case it needs more help because of the unusual thickness, but you are still very much a virgin.”

Oddly enough that made him feel better. He would still be her first, he would see to that.


“She’s all set.”

“Is she okay?” he asked.

Dr. Hahn nodded. “It’s better this way, trust me. With her problem she would have ended up here no matter what.”

“Thank god.” He felt so relieved. He didn’t like the idea of her being in there alone. He wanted to know what was happening to her and to hold her hand, but he couldn’t. He would hurt her if he smelled her blood.

“Where is she?” Mrs. Buckman asked as she hurried over to them. Candy was close behind looking equally concerned. That was a shock.

“Dr. Hahn, this is Mrs. Buckman and Emma Buckman, Madison’s mother and grandmother.”

“Madison is fine. She has prescriptions, one for pain and one for anti-inflammatory. Since she doesn’t have insurance her best bet is to pick them up at the pharmacy on Reynolds Street. Also,” she pulled out a pamphlet and handed it to Candy. “She asked about a payment plan application. Have her fill this out and she’ll need a co-signer.”

He pushed off the wall he’d been leaning against for the last half hour. “What do you mean she doesn’t have insurance?”

“I’m sorry, Detective. I can’t discuss that any further. You’ll have to ask her. I can only say that some of the school unions have harsh contracts.”

“Thank you,” he murmured. He wasn’t going anywhere until he saw her. He would have to hold his breath the entire time and rely on the women to ask the questions.

“Yes, thank you, doctor,” Mrs. Buckman said.

Candy looked over the pamphlet. “I can’t co-sign this I have bad credit.” She handed the pamphlet to her mother rather hastily. Ephraim doubted Candy would help her out even if she did have the money.

Mrs. Buckman sighed. “Don’t worry I’ll figure something out to help her. I don’t want to see her stuck in a payment plan, but if it’s over five hundred then I'm afraid she’ll have to. I need to have the foundation fixed and a new roof put on by next month.”

“She should be out soon,” Ephraim said, hoping to change the topic.

Mrs. Buckman looked suspicious while Candy looked resentful. “Ephraim, what is going on here?” Mrs. Buckman demanded.

“You better not have made me a grandmother, Ephraim. I’m way too young to be a grandmother.” That was why she was upset. It wasn’t over Madison. “I’m trying to find a good man if I’m a grandmother that won’t happen.”

“Hush now, Emma, this is about Madison not you. Now you tell me right now if my granddaughter is in some sort of trouble and you tell me now.”

“Mrs. Buckman, she’s fine. She hurt herself. That’s why her stomach hurt so I gave her a ride here today.”

“How did she hurt herself?”

He shook his head. “I don’t know you’ll have to ask her. I think she was too embarrassed to tell me.” He hoped she came up with a good explanation.

Mrs. Buckman pointed her finger at him. “I’m trusting you with my granddaughter, Ephraim. The only reason I haven’t asked her to move her room is because I don’t want to treat her like a child. If I feel for one minute that you are mistreating her or making her unhappy in any way I will-“

“I’ll move out in that case. I wouldn’t hurt her in any way,” he finished. That wasn’t what she was about to say, but it was better and the truth.

The door leading to the patient exam rooms opened. The scent of her blood reached him. Ephraim gasped and stumbled back against the wall. The blood was too strong, too concentrated. He closed his eyes and fought for control.

“Ephraim, are you okay?” Mrs. Buckman asked. He nodded.

“Are you sure?” He nodded. He exhaled, slowly releasing the tainted air. His body slowly relaxed.

“Ephraim, what are you doing here? I thought you went back to work.” He opened his eyes. He couldn’t not look at her. It was as simple as that.

He cupped her cheek. “I’m fine. It didn’t hurt. Now I feel better.” He nodded and pressed a soft kiss to her lips.

It was starting to become a little uncomfortable not breathing, but he was fine. He didn’t need to breathe. It was just a habit. The longer he held it though the more uncomfortable he would become.

Madison looked at her grandmother and mother. “Oh, I’m sorry everyone rushed down here. I didn’t mean to make anyone worry.”

“Just tell me you’re not pregnant and I’ll be very happy,” Candy whispered.

“I’m not pregnant, Candy. I slipped in the bathroom the other day and let's just say I didn’t land well. There’s internal swelling.”

Both women cringed. “Enough said,” Mrs. Buckman said. “What’s this about you not having health insurance?”

Madison’s cheeks flushed scarlet. “I have to be there for a full year before I’m eligible for that benefit.”

“Oh, what about sick days and vacation?”

She looked away from Ephraim. She missed the last three days and thanks to the doctors note in her pocket she would miss another two, but her job was protected. That was one small favor.

“No, no sick days or vacation days for a year.”

“Honey, you can’t afford to miss work. You’re still paying off your student loans, not to mention car insurance and your other bills. Do you still have your savings? Please tell me you have your savings. I know you didn’t spend it all on that Jeep of yours.”

“Grandma, can we talk about this later?” Her eyes darted to Ephraim. He looked oddly composed. Was he breathing?

“No, do you have savings to cover this?” She gestured to the bill in Madison’s hands.

“No, I put it towards my student loan, but it’s okay, Grandma, they have a payment plan here and it’s really not that much. Don’t worry about it.”

Mrs. Buckman’s eyes narrowed on her. Her mouth twitched as she considered her granddaughter. She wasn’t satisfied with what she saw there so she snatched the bill from Madison’s hands.

“Nineteen hundred dollars for a doctor’s visit?”

Madison grabbed it back. “I had to have a sonogram to see the extent of the damage, blood tests, an x-ray, an exam and then a procedure. It adds up quickly I guess. Don’t worry about this I’ll be fine.”

“How? You’re not going to be able to pay your bills this month. I saw the note on that bill, young lady, it said no work for two more days,” Mrs. Buckman said.

“I’ll be fine.”

“No, you won’t. Even without that bill you’re going to be tight. Oh, sweetie, I wish you had come to me sooner I would have tried to get you on my insurance.”

She quickly wiped the tears from the corners of her eyes. “I’ll be fine. Please stop making a scene.”

Well, the women certainly did his work for him. At least Mrs. Buckman had. He knew enough. Besides his lungs were starting to cramp from not breathing for the last ten minutes. He snatched the bill from her hands.

“What are you doing?” Madison asked.

Without looking back he walked over to the cashier and handed the bill and his bank card over.

“All on this card?” she asked. He nodded. “Sign here….all set. Thank you, Mr. Williams. Have a nice day.”

He nodded.

“Oh, wait here are her prescriptions.” He nodded again, taking the papers and walked back to the woman.

He handed Mrs. Buckman the copy of the paid bill and the prescriptions. He wasn’t stupid. If he gave it to Madison she would go back in there and demand they credit the money back to him. Then she would go and buy the prescriptions and put herself further in debt or worse, she wouldn’t get the medicine because she couldn’t afford it.

“What are you doing? I can take care of myself.” Madison’s voice rose.

He arched a brow in her direction and shook his head as he pulled out his wallet. He pulled out two hundred dollars and pressed it into Mrs. Buckman’s hands.

“We’ll pick up her prescriptions on the way home. Thank you, Ephraim,” Mrs. Buckman said with obvious relief.

He nodded and gave them a small wave on his way out. He held his breath for another twenty minutes, making sure the scent of her blood hadn't lingered on his clothes. He had a bitch of a cramp when took in his first breath.


“Well, I think it’s very sweet,” Grandma said.

“Sweet? He just paid for my doctor’s bill. Sweet would be flowers or candy, not a nineteen hundred bill and my prescriptions.”

“He likes you. He’s trying to help you,” Mrs. Buckman said.

She groaned. “I know…I know. I like him too it’s just that…well, it’s a lot of money. It just doesn’t feel right. I’m going to pay him back. That’s all there is to it.”

“Hey, isn’t that Ephraim?” Candy said from the backseat of Grandma’s station wagon.


“Over there. He just came out of the insurance office.”

“What on earth is he doing there? The police force pays for his insurance.”

A sneaking suspicion was forming in her brain. She groaned again. This was definitely getting out of hand.

Chapter 13

Chris looked over his shoulder and groaned. “Miss. Soloman, can’t you do something? She’s really bringing me down.”

Madison looked past Chris. Jill was still sobbing loudly into the crook of her arm. Frowning, she turned her attention back to Chris. “You’re in detention. It’s not supposed to be fun.”

“It’s usually more fun than this,” he muttered.

Jill continued to cry as if they weren’t talking about her. She had to admit it normally was more fun and today of all days she didn’t need this.

The big two-four and everyone forgot. There was no birthday breakfast, no birthday kisses, not one word, nothing. All she got this morning was frustration from not lying in Ephraim’s arms and this afternoon a sobbing fifteen year old sister and her repeat offender.

“Maybe this will finally be punishment enough for you to stop acting up,” Madison said.

“What it’s making me think about is punching that puke face Seth in his face. It’s all his fault.” He ran a hand over his short brown hair to smooth it down.

“Don’t say his name!” Jill wailed from the comfort of her arm.

“Touchy,” Chris mumbled. He made a big show of looking around the otherwise empty room. “Come on, Miss. Soloman, let us go home. It’s obvious that Jill needs to go home and cry and you need to go apologize to Detective Williams.”

Her eyes shot up from the paper she was grading. “What are you talking about?”

He laughed. “Oh puhlease, I saw you guys yesterday at the pancake social.”

“You were at a church social?” she asked in disbelief.

He waved it off. “Free unlimited pancakes, Miss. Soloman, focus. You wouldn’t give the man the time of day. I saw the way he watched you and the way you treated him every time he tried to talk to you. I also saw the way you reacted every time one of those pretty little things came up batting their eyes in his direction. You were seeing red each and every time.”

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